Teacher Hendrick to be featured at Shirley Lazarus Speaker Series

At 8 p.m. Sunday in the Hurlbut Sanctuary the Hebrew Congregation Shirley Lazarus Speaker Series will feature Leigh-Anne Hendrick. The title of her presentation is “Teaching the Holocaust in Chautauqua County Schools.”

Hendrick is a high school social studies teacher with 18 years of classroom experience who currently teaches Global Studies 9 and 10 and a full-credit Holocaust and genocide elective. She is an active member of the New York State Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Social Studies.

She has presented at local, state and national conferences on topics including the Holocaust, effective strategies for co-teaching and History Alive! She has received training at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and in 2005 was named one of 15 museum teacher fellows in the United States. More recently, Hendrick has traveled internationally with students, bringing a small group of students on a Holocaust history tour of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

She believes Holocaust education is one of the most important aspects of her position as a teacher and has the power to transform students into understanding multi-dimensional thinkers.